Carli Lloyd, forever fixated on greatness, ends her brilliant USWNT career

On Sunday night, 48 hours before she would make her 316th and final appearance for the U.S women's national soccer team, Carli Lloyd and some teammates attended a Rolling Stones concert in Minneapolis.

At 39, Lloyd is half Mick Jagger’s age, a gap that, while she marveled at the frontman, got her thinking.

“They sort of make me feel like I should keep playing,” she said Monday. “Mick running down the stage at age 78 and performing the way he did was pretty incredible.”

It was intended to be a joke, but given her longevity and work ethic, the relentless pursuit of perfection that she said left her “misunderstood” by the public and those around her, there was a trace of seriousness as her Tuesday farewell against South Korea in St. Paul, Minn., neared.

Written by: Steven Goff